Stephen Garrett, Executive Producer, commented: “J and I started working on the smart, twisty thriller that is Culprits a couple of years ago. We are immensely proud that Disney+ have decided to make it one of their platform-defining shows. The additional thrill for me is that I’m working with a writer-director at the very top of his game.”
J Blakeson, Series Creator and Director, commented: “I am thrilled to be partnering with Character 7 and Disney+ on Culprits. Disney+ has quickly become one of the most exciting outlets for must-watch TV, so I’m excited Culprits will find its home there. And it is such a pleasure to be collaborating with Stephen Garrett, who has an impeccable track-record making brilliant and impactful shows.”
THE BALLAD OF RENEGADE NELL
Sally Wainwright, Writer and Executive Producer, commented: “I can’t wait to bring swashbuckling highwaywoman Nell Jackson to the screen. Nell’s a ball of irreverent, blustering energy, fighting against the privileged gatekeepers of English society in 1705, battling to contain mysterious forces within her and her enemies as she goes on the run with her two sisters. It’s a thrill once again to work with Faith Penhale and the super-talented team at Lookout Point. I’m so excited to partner with Disney+ for this series, with their supportive approach and magnificent commitment to bringing this three-hundred-year-old story to the biggest possible global audience.”
Faith Penhale, Lookout Point CEO and Executive Producer, commented: “In Nell Jackson Sally has conjured up yet another instantly iconic female lead. Her wit, warmth and boundless capacity for invention will make our journey through Nell’s riotous imagined life a very special ride indeed and viewers of all ages around the world will love the way Sally blends history and magic to create an utterly original, endlessly entertaining world. I’m delighted to be working on this series with Disney+. It’s a cutting-edge platform built on a great history, with enormous reach and class, and a dream home for our highwaywoman.”
Emma Moran, Series Creator, commented: “It's somewhere between a sitcom and an existential crisis. This is young, female and fresh. It’s a story about real life and real identity crises - it just happens to be set in a world where superpowers exist. This show is uniquely British but with universal themes: everyone can relate to the feeling that we don’t quite measure up.”
Sally Woodward Gentle, Executive Producer, commented: “Emma Moran IS Extraordinary. An extraordinary new writer with a brilliantly distinctive and ingenious voice. This genre curve-ball will chime with the crises everyone carries with them through their neuroses fuelled lives. We love it and are delighted that Liam and the team at Disney+ are behind us.”
Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, as well as the new general entertainment content brand in select International markets, Star. As part of Disney’s Media and Entertainment Distribution segment, Disney+ is available on most internet-connected devices and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content. Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment, the service is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios.
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About Character 7
Character 7 is an award-winning independent production company, based in London and LA. Founded by Stephen Garrett, Character 7 works with established screenwriters and directors as well as with the brightest of emerging and diverse creative talent.
Character 7 is best known for the multiple award-winning BBC-AMC adaptation of John le Carré’s “The Night Manager”. The series garnered rave reviews and audience responses, receiving 12 Emmy® nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series, and winning 2 Emmy® awards for director Susanne Bier and composer Victor Reyes. That was followed with two high-profile series: “The Rook,” a supernatural spy series,in partnership with Lionsgate and Starz, and recently HBO’s limited series, “The Undoing”, which reunited Stephen Garrett with Susanne Bier and aired in October 2020 with record viewing figures.
Before launching Character 7, Garrett founded Kudos and as Executive Chairman produced series including Spooks, Life on Mars, and Hustle with his business partner Jane Featherstone. Garrett and Featherstone sold Kudos to Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group in 2006 and continued to be involved with the company until 2014. characterseven.com | @characterseven
About Lookout Point (The Ballad of Renegade Nell)
Lookout Point, which is owned by BBC Studios, is one of the UK’s leading television producers, known for delivering highly authored scripted series with scale, ambition and global impact. Their Bafta-nominated show “Gentlemen Jack”, created by Sally Wainwright for BBC One and HBO, recently started shooting its second series having won the RTS Award for Best Drama Series. 2020 also saw their ground-breaking adaptation of “A Suitable Boy” from Andrew Davies and renowned film director Mira Nair air on BBC and Netflix. Alongside “Les Misérables” starring Doming West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins (2019) and the hugely acclaimed production of Tolstoy’s masterpiece “War & Peace” (2016) this competes a trilogy of world classics from Andrew Davies for the BBC. Earlier this year Lookout Point also produced Series 5 of Sally Wainwright’s award-wining and much loved BBC series “Last Tango in Halifax”, starring Anne Reid MBE and Sir Derek Jacobi.
About Sid Gentle Films Ltd (Extraordinary)
Sid Gentle Films Ltd. was founded by Sally Woodward Gentle in 2013 along with Lee Morris and Henrietta Colvin with a focus to develop and produce innovative, original and ambitious
television drama and feature films. Credits to date include: BAFTA nominated “The Durrells” for ITV and Masterpiece, the highly acclaimed “SS-GB” for the BBC, Neil Gaiman’s “Likely Stories” for Sky, the BAFTA and Peabody winning and Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated “Killing Eve” for BBC America and the recently announced television adaptations of “Ginger Snaps” and “Ragdoll”, which is for AMC and Alibi.